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New Era Newspaper Thursday August 10, 2017

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New Era Newspaper Thursday August 10,

Vol. 22 No. 255 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, August 10 2017 Inside Today Kashihakumwa to head new antipoaching unit Government has officially announced the appointment of retired Oshana regional police commander Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa as the head of the newly established antipoaching unit. Page 3 Loans at SME Bank would be recovered Loans awarded by the recently liquidated SME Bank could be recalled, but taxpayers’ money invested in the financial institution is likely not to be recovered. Cassinga massacre history distorted – Cuban professor Albertina Nakale Windhoek A Cuban professor who is in Namibia on a fact-finding mission says the history of the events that led to the Cassinga massacre on May 4, 1978, when a Namibian camp was attacked by South African soldiers in Angola, has been distorted. On that fateful day more than 600 Namibians, mostly unarmed women and children, were killed. Hundreds more were injured. Professor Yeniska Martinex Diaz, who met President Hage Geingob at State House yesterday, said she decided on a research project on Cassinga after she had realized that some of the history told about the fateful day is not the true reflection of the events. She told Geingob she is pleased to be in Namibia, to see with her own eyes people who have been affected by the massacre, including survivors. CASSINGA on page 2 Photo: Emmency Nuukala Meeting the president… Professor Yeniska Martinex Diaz (left) with President Hage Geingob at State House yesterday. Mothers, newborns sleep on floor at maternity ward Page 9 No stone will be left unturned against Comoros – Mannetti Maintaining untainted dominance, dominating ball possession and taking their every chance in front of goal are the ingredients needed to propel the Brave Warriors to victory against Comoros on Sunday, coach Ricardo Mannetti strongly believes.. Page 24 Overcrowded… The situation at the Rundu Intermediate Hospital’s maternity ward is the same, year in, year out, with newborns and their mothers accommodated on the hospital floor due to lack of bed space. The facility is small and needs intervention from the ministry. John Muyamba Rundu The Rundu Intermediate Hospital’s maternity ward still accommodates women in labour and those who have given birth, together with their babies, on the floor of the facility. This is due to a lack of space as construction of the maternity ward has not yet been completed due to delays. The ward, which has a bed capacity of 30, is too small to accommodate all the expectant mothers seeking care and those who have given birth. In 2014 there was fresh hope among residents of Kavango when construction of the new maternity building started, after the N million tender was awarded to a contractor. It has been under construction since then but there is no Moussongela sentenced to nine years indication when it will be completed. The building was planned to be handed over by the end of April last year yet even the finished work is not up to standard. New Era was informed by some government officials that the building is “substandard and therefore cannot be certified fit for use”. The director of health in Kavango East, Timea Ngwira, attributed the delay to lack of funds. “We are waiting for funds to be released in order to complete the project. This project is managed by the head office in Windhoek through capital projects, so I don’t really have full information on what is happening there, I can’t really speak on the progress on site,” Ngwira said upon inquiry. MOTHERS on page 2 Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Magistrate Helvi Shilemba on Wednesday sentenced Mennonite pastor Pedro Marcelino Moussongela to nine years direct imprisonment on three counts of fraud, forgery and uttering, as well as a fine of N,000. Magistrate Helvi Shilemba sentenced Moussongela to three years on each of the first three counts and N,000 or 16 months imprisonment on each of the remaining four counts. Shilemba ordered that five years and three months run consecutively with the sentenced imposed on the first three counts if the convict defaults to pay the fine. Moussongela was convicted of all seven counts last week after pleading guilty in the Eenhana Magistrate’s Court. Moussongela was sentenced for bringing Angolan children into the country and registering them with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration as his own, and further declaring their mothers to be deceased and as such he was a single parent. Moussongela further admitted to employing four foreign teachers at his school without work permits, at his Mennonite Community School in Omafo. SENTENCED on page 2 Off to jail… Pedro Marcelino Moussongela New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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